Fire Emblem (universe)
The Fire Emblem (ファイアーエムブレム, Faiā Emuburemu) universe refers to the Smash Bros. series' collection of characters, stages and properties that hail from Nintendo's and Intelligent System's Fire Emblem series of fantasy tactical role-playing games. The long-running series was primarily a Japan-only series that Nintendo declined to localize abroad until the appearances of two of the series' stars, Marth and Roy, as playable characters in 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee sparked enough global interest that the series began international distribution. Since then, a more recent protagonist, Ike, has received a similar starring role in Super Smash Bros. Brawl along with the returning Marth.
Fire Emblem is a long-running series of tactical role-playing games developed by Intelligent Systems, with eleven instalments released to date. Somewhat similar to the Final Fantasy series in that it is not often that games in the series are set in the same fictional worlds and universes as each other, five universes and chronologies within five fictional fantasy worlds have been depicted in the series thus far.
The first Fire Emblem game, whose subtitle translates as "Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light", was released in 1990 for the Famicom as one of the earliest games in the turn-based strategy genre, and it was one of the first such game to incorporate elements from role-playing games. This is the game that introduces the character prince Marth. Nintendo decided not to distribute the game abroad, however, feeling that it would not have been successful outside of Japan based on how the original Final Fantasy for NES did not sell well abroad at the time (a heavily ironic concept under given the later success of Final Fantasy).
The next five games released under the name Fire Emblem would not be distributed internationally either. [[fireemblemwiki:Fire Emblem Gaiden, released in 1992, was a side-story to the first game set in the same fictional world, but it took place on a different continent and was therefore only tangentially related to the first game (Marth did not make a return appearance). The third game, Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo (Mystery of the Emblem), released in 1994 for the Super Famicom, was both a retelling of the first game and a continuation of that universe's story concerning Marth. The fourth game, Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (Genealogy of the Holy War), released for Super Famicom in 1996, was a distant prequel set thousands of years before the first three games on a different continent, and the fifth game, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, the last commercial game to be released for Super Famicom (in 1999), is a midquel taking place in between chapters of the previous game to expand on that universe. Seisen no Keifu and Thracia 776 are the only Fire Emblem games to not be referenced at all in the Super Smash Bros. series.
When Super Smash Bros. Melee was being developed, Japanese fans requested that Marth be featured as a playable character and HAL Laboratory obliged. Intelligent Systems was also developing the sixth Fire Emblem series game, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, released on Game Boy Advance in 2002, which introduced a new, separate Fire Emblem universe, with the swordsman Roy as the main character. It was decided that Roy be included as a playable character alongside Marth in SSBM as a promotional preview character for the game. Nintendo was initially apprehensive of keeping the characters in the game when it came time to release it in the West because the characters were believed to have appeal only to Japanese gamers, but enough Western players previewing the game approved of the characters that they were retained internationally. Melee's U.S. release and the subsequent introduction of the Fire Emblem franchise to a wider audience through the game prompted international attention to the franchise. As a direct result, Fire Emblem titles from instalment seven onwards were released internationally, with one exception, and were each met with success. Melee can be credited with indirectly making the franchise famous.
With Fire Emblem now an international game franchise, Intelligent Systems followed up on the sixth game with the seventh game in the series as a prequel, named simply "Fire Emblem" but often referred to by its Japanese subtitle, Rekka no Ken (Blazing Sword). It was released in North America in late 2003 and depicted the father of Roy, Lord Eliwood, son of Marquess Pherae, in a story taking place five years before Roy was born and twenty years before Roy's adventure in The Binding Blade takes place. It was designed with the aim of introducing North American and European gamers to the Fire Emblem-style of tactical play, so the first ten chapters serve as a tutorial storyline before the main game, with 20+ chapters, begins. After this game, subsequent Fire Emblem titles have been released internationally at a standard rate, including 2005's Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for Game Boy Advance, which is a stand-alone world starring twin nobles Ephraim and Eirika; Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for GameCube, starring a young mercenary named Ike, which depicts a racial conflict between humans ("Beorc") & transformable demi-humans ("Laguz") and is the first game in the series to feature full-motion video cinema sequences and voice acting; Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the sequel to Path of Radiance was released on Wii, featuring Ike once again, but primarily starring Micaiah and her companion Sothe, who was also introduced in Path of Radiance. Following Radiant Dawn was a pair of remakes for Nintendo DS, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo ~ Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu, retelling Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light and Monshou no Nazo Book 2 respectively; the former starred Marth in his first official appearance in a Fire Emblem game localized and released in North America, while the latter was the only post-Binding Blade game to not be localized for reasons unknown. The latest released game is Fire Emblem: Kakusei for Nintendo 3DS, a millennia-later sequel to Marth's adventures starring his distant descendant Chrom.
The game formula consistent among Fire Emblem titles is a departure from other tactical role-playing games; whereas in games like Final Fantasy Tactics, where the emphasis is on equipping weapons and armor on each unit and using area-of-effect magic spells and skills to affect multiple units, Fire Emblem games place emphasis on positioning stronger and weaker units relative to each other on the field and preserving the life of each individual unit, with weapons (that each has a durability meter that lowers after each attack and breaks after the meter is empty) and healing items being mostly the only items in each unit's inventory. A hallmark of the series is that whenever a unit falls in battle, regardless of how important a character that unit is to the storyline, that character is gone for the rest of the game, which can result in harder difficulty and missed plot developments and it's an automatic game-over if the game's main hero dies. Since a general objective to each Fire Emblem instalment is to keep the dozens and dozens of game characters that comprise the player's unit stable alive, many players reset the game whenever an ally is slain. This makes for a game series that is intense and hardcore and is therefore popular with tactical players.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee
The case of Fire Emblem in Super Smash Bros. Melee is odd; it features two Fire Emblem characters, their respective game trophy sets, appropriate musical and sound selections in the sound test and absolutely nothing else, whereas other franchises additionally have stages, items and more trophies as well, giving reason to classify Fire Emblem as being a "bonus" franchise in the game. There is evidence that a Fire Emblem stage was planned, however; hidden in the game's debug menu is a stage titled AKANEIA, named after the fictional continent where Marth's story takes place, but it was apparently never designed or else removed completely, as selecting it from the menu will crash the game. Additionally, at the time of Melee's release, no Fire Emblem title had been released outside of Japan, making Marth and Roy the first Japan-only characters to appear in the Super Smash Bros series.
- Marth: The prince of the kingdom of Altea, Marth is forced to become an exile in the neighboring nation of Talis when the kingdom of Dolhr attacks Altea, killing his father and taking his sister hostage. He embarks on a quest with help of his various allies to find the sacred sword of light known as Falchion and the Fire Emblem shield, as well as restoring the kingdom and rescuing his sister. When he does find the two pieces of equipment, he takes the fight to the driving force behind the Dolhr invasion, the evil priest Gharnef and his resurrection of the dark dragon, Medeus. He slays them and rescues both his sister and the continent of Akaneia. As a Melee fighter, Marth is widely considered top-tier for his effective blend of speedy and powerful swordsmanship, with an effective "sweet spot" at the tip of his Falchion. He is the favorite character of "King of Smash in Melee", Ken Hoang. His effectiveness as a fighter as well as his decidedly bishounen character design have contributed to his status as one of Melee's most popular characters.
- Roy: The star of the sixth Fire Emblem, The Binding Blade, Roy is the 15-year-old son of Eliwood, one of the stars of the game's prequel that was the first game in the series to be localized and distributed internationally. He is upstanding and idealistic like other Fire Emblem main protagonists and is also rather perceptive and cunning for his age. When the militant nation of Bern wages war on the league of nations called the League of Lycia, which Roy's Pherae is a part of and when Eliwood falls ill, he is called in to lead Pherae's armies. He ends up journeying across the continent of Elibe on a quest to defeat Bern's King Zephiel and stop his mysterious thirst for world domination, an effort that will eventually avert a catastrophic war between humans and dragons. As a Melee fighter, Roy is a slower clone of Marth, but his forward smash is more powerful at the center of his blade. He is made to be a good character to use against opponents in single-player mode, but he is lower-tier than Marth because he lacks Marth's vital advantages. Even though Roy is considered low tier by many, his fanbase is still quite large.
- 33: Fire Emblem: A medley of two Fire Emblem tracks, the first of which is the "character recruitment" music in Shadow Dragons, Monsho no Nazo and Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken) and after some piano-based music, the second tune is the official Fire Emblem series theme. This is heard as a secondary track on Temple and is often heard accompanying Marth and Roy in Single-player mode. In Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken) , this music piece is used as a track called 'Together, We Ride!'
- 48: Fire Emblem Team Victory: The victory fanfare of Marth and Roy is the last line from the aforementioned "character recruitment" theme and can be heard as the last line in "33: Fire Emblem," before the music loops back to the beginning.
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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Perhaps in response to Fire Emblem gaining popularity worldwide, the series continues to be represented in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Marth returns, with Ike replacing Roy as the second playable Fire Emblem character, although Roy does cameo as a sticker. Fire Emblem is the only series to have more than one playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl which had no playable characters in the original Super Smash Bros.
- Marth: The original Fire Emblem lord returns, once again as a secret fighter in Brawl. While his moveset is mostly unchanged, his Shield Breaker has been altered from a slashing maneuver to a stabbing move. Marth's Final Smash, Critical Hit, is the most powerful Final Smash of the game, inflicting 60% damage and KO opponents instantly.
On the final character select screen (after all characters are unlocked), the Fire Emblem characters occupy the eighth column alongside the EarthBound characters (both of these series were originally Japan-only RPG series that later saw at least one entry released in the West).
- Ike: The main character of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Ike is shown in his Ranger outfit from the beginning of his first game. He is very obviously a swordsman, but unlike most sword fighters in the SSB series, he focuses less on speed and more on power. He is able to use his Aether skill as a special ability, which involves him throwing his sword into the air, jumping up and catching it, then bringing the sword crashing down on his opponent. His Final Smash, Great Aether, is an enhanced version of Aether.
- Lyn: A major character from Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken), she charges her blade, then vanishes and reappears while slashing an opponent that is the closest to her.
- Castle Siege: Contrary to much speculation when the stage was first shown in trailers, this stage does not represent any specific Fire Emblem title, but rather the series as a whole. The stage takes place on top of a castle under attack. As time passes, the roof will collapse and fighters will be able to do battle in the castle's interior, which will feature destructible statues. After yet more time passes, the ground will give way and players will fall into the underground, which consists of a dark cavern filled with lava. After some time in the underground, the locale will reset to the top of the castle again and the cycle begins anew.
- Fire Emblem Theme - An orchestrated version of the Fire Emblem theme, because the series is now worldwide, the song is made with Latin lyrics, performed by the same group behind the main theme. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- With Mila's Divine Protection (Celica Map 1) - Taken from Fire Emblem Gaiden. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Attack - A merger of two battle themes taken from Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken), the first title of the series to be localized. It is the theme of the Castle Siege stage.
- Preparing to Advance - A pre-battle scene track taken from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Winning Road - Roy's Hope - Taken from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, the title which Roy originates from. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Shadow Dragon Medley - A medley of various tracks from the original Fire Emblem, Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Ike's Theme - The track "Eternal Bond", taken directly from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Against the Dark Knight - The battle theme when facing The Black Knight in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Crimean Army Sortie - Music played in later maps, taken from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Power-Hungry Fool - Oliver's theme, taken from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage.
- Victory is Near - The near victory battle map music, taken from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is used on the Castle Siege stage. This track is also played during Ike's Classic Mode credits.
- Fire Emblem (Melee) - A rehashed version of the track which appeared in Melee. It is used on the Castle Siege stage. This track is also played during Marth's Classic Mode credits.
- Fire Emblem series victory - Derived from the main Fire Emblem theme heard in all the games.
- Marth (Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo)
- Shiida (Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo)
- Nabaaru (Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo)
- Roy (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
- Lilina (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
- Deke (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade )
- Rutoga (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)
- Eliwood (Fire Emblem)
- Hector (Fire Emblem)
- Lyn (Fire Emblem)
- Guy (Fire Emblem)
- Ninian (Fire Emblem)
- Eirika (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
- Ephraim (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
- Myrrh (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
- Joshua (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
- Ike (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
- Mist (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
- Greil (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
- Soren (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
- Ashnard (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
- Black Knight (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance)
- Ike (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
- Micaiah (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
- Sothe (Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn)
Note: "Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken" was released as "Fire Emblem" outside of Japan. Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi was translated as "Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light" in SSBB and Fuuin no Tsurugi was translated as "The Binding Blade".
Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo ("Secret of the Crest") is a playable Virtual Console Demo game in Japanese version of Brawl only. It stars Marth and was the first Fire Emblem game released to the Virtual Console in Japan.
Lord Representation in the Super Smash Bros. series
Note: This list does not acknowledge trophies of those who also appear as playable fighters or Assist Trophies.
|Marth||Playable||Playable, Sticker|| Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light ,
Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo ,
|Alm||Fire Emblem Gaiden|
|Celica||Song||Fire Emblem Gaiden|
|Sigurd||Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu|
|Serlis||Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu|
|Leaf||Fire Emblem: Thracia 776|
|Roy||(Nonexistent)||Playable||Sticker, Song||Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade|
|Lyn||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Assist Trophy||Fire Emblem|
|Eirika||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Sticker||Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones|
|Ephraim||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Sticker||Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones|
|Ike||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Playable, Sticker, Song||Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance,|
|Micaiah||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Sticker||Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn|
|Chrom||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Fire Emblem: Kakusei|
|Lucina||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||(Nonexistent)||Fire Emblem: Kakusei|
Game Representation in the Super Smash Bros. series
|Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light ,
||Songs: Fire Emblem Theme, Shadow Dragon Medley|
|Fire Emblem Gaiden||Song: With Mila's Divine Protection (Celica Map 1)|
|Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo ,
||Stickers: Shiida, Nabaaru |
|Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu|
|Fire Emblem: Thracia 776|
|Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade||
| Song: Winning Road - Roy's Hope |
Stickers: Lilina, Deke, Rutoga
| Song: Attack |
Stickers: Guy, Ninian
|Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones||
| Song: Preparing to Advance |
Stickers: Myrrh, Joshua
|Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance||
|Songs: Against the Dark Knight, Crimean Army Sortie, Power-Hungry Fool, Victory is Near |
Trophies: Ashnard, Elincia, Black Knight, Sothe
Stickers: Mist, Greil, Black Knight, Ashnard
|Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn||
| Song: Ike's Theme |
Stickers: Micaiah, Sothe
|Fire Emblem: Kakusei||
Games with elements from or in the Super Smash Bros. series
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light
Marth was included as an unlockable playable character. His inclusion, along with Roy's, gave the series the worldwide exposure that led to the decision to release future Fire Emblem installments globally.
A stage based on the continent of the game was originally intended to appear in Melee. It was, however, unfinished, and cannot be accessed, even with hacking.
Two songs from Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light can be heard on Castle Siege:
- Fire Emblem Theme
- Shadow Dragon Medley
A further third song, The Chosen Ones, was intended to be included in Brawl, but was removed.
Marth returns as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros Brawl. In this game he has a Final Smash called Critical Hit, based on a move from the game that does triple the damage inflicted, often killing enemies with one hit.
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
The main hero, Roy, was included as an unlockable playable character in to promote the game's then-upcoming release in Japan. His inclusion, along with Marth's, gave the series the worldwide exposure that led to the decision to release all future Fire Emblem installments globally.
The song Winning Road - Roy's Hope is one of the songs that can be heard on Castle Siege. In The Binding Blade, this song was the player phase map theme played when three or less enemies remain in a chapter. A slightly modified version of this song also appears in Fire Emblem with a near-identical function
Appearing stickers from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade are:
Fire Emblem (GBA)
Lyn, one of the main characters of the game, appears in Brawl as an Assist Trophy. She charges her sword the Mani Katti, then disappears and reappears near an enemy, slashing them (resembling her critical hit animation from Fire Emblem). This attack is amazingly powerful and accurate, even against a moving or airborne foe. It can also hit someone edge grabbing. There is no known outside range for her to hit in and some testing needs to be done. She can KO at percents as low as 32% and can only be avoided with a well timed airdodge or roll.
Appearing stickers from Fire Emblem are:
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
The game's main character, Ike, is a playable character, a trophy and a sticker. In addition, the characters King Ashnard and the Black Knight are trophies and stickers. Mist and Greil, Ike's sister and father respectively, also appear as stickers.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
While Ike appears with his Path of Radiance model and outfit, he is still one of the main characters in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Sothe, The Black Knight, Micaiah & Queen Elincia are major characters in the game and appear as Trophies. Ike in his Radiant Dawn attire, Micaiah and Sothe are all stickers.
|Host||Super Smash Bros.|
|Character-based||Donkey Kong · EarthBound · Fire Emblem · F-Zero · Game & Watch · Ice Climber · Kid Icarus · Kirby · Mario · Metal Gear · Metroid · Pikmin · Pokémon · R.O.B. · Sonic the Hedgehog · Star Fox · The Legend of Zelda · Wario · Yoshi|
|Stage-based||Animal Crossing · Electroplankton · Nintendo DS|
|Assist Trophy-based||Advance Wars · Custom Robo · Daigasso! Band Brothers · Devil World · Drill Dozer · Excitebike · Golden Sun · Kururin · Nintendogs · Punch-Out!! · SimCity · Sin and Punishment · Starfy|
Fire Emblem universe
|Characters||Marth (SSBM · SSBB) · Roy (SSBM) · Ike (SSBB)|
|Side characters||Assist trophies: Lyn|
|Stages||SSBB: Castle Siege|
|Trophies & Stickers||Trophies in Melee · Trophies in Brawl · Stickers in Brawl|
|Music||Music in Brawl|